Happy New Year 2013!

Here we are again, at the end of another year, at the door of a new one. Reviewing the goals and resolutions I set last January, I’m glad to discover that I met many of them. There’s no doubt though that 2012 was all about Australia. In January, this blog was born. I began reading other blogs by Aussies and American expats down under, and I began to seriously put together an itinerary, as well as…

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Inspired and Inspiring

Inspire

Housewife Down Under has honored me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Thank you.

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Christmas was nice. My sister-out-law Eva is a holiday enthusiast, thank goodness.

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On the Eve of Christmas

Unhappy Christmas

This year Christmas feels like it’s something happening somewhere else.

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On the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Sandy Hook Memorial

On the morning of December 14, Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother in their Newtown, Connecticut home. Then he drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adult staff members before committing suicide.

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Scenes from the Suzuki Night Market

In my post last week on the Big Design  Market, I mentioned that there are markets galore in Melbourne. I do not get tired of them. I’m more of a looker than a buyer, but I enjoy browsing and the feeling that I might find something really awesome that I can’t live without. It’s also a good opportunity to find interesting and unique gifts for others. The Queen Victoria Market is Melbourne’s most famous market.…

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa, It’s been a while since I wrote you a letter, but I’ve moved and wanted to make sure you know that I’m not in Miami, FL anymore; I’m in Melbourne, Victoria. Yep, Australia, that’s right; that’s where the presents should be delivered. Life in Australia is pretty nice. As you know from your travels, it’s a beautiful country. The food is good, people are relaxed, and Melbourne has a wonderful artsy culture. Australia…

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My Top Search Engine Terms

Search Google

Earlier this week Google released its Zeitgeist 2012. This is Google’s year-end wrap up in which the company shares with us what the world has been searching for.

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Scenes from the Big Design Market

There are markets galore in Melbourne. In Miami, a farmer’s market is something of a novelty. In Melbourne, markets are just life. The Queen Victoria Market is probably Melbourne’s most famous market, but just about every suburb has a market with fresh fruits and vegetables, delis, butchers, fishmongers, and even home goods and clothing. Beyond these, you can find an arts and crafts market going on most weekends and there are a number of twilight…

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5 of the Best Restaurants in Australia

This article was provided by The Expat Hub, the number one online stop for expatriates looking for advice, support and information. For centuries nations like France and Italy have been getting all the glory when it comes to innovation in the kitchen and daring in the dining room, while countries like Australia have been typecast as producers of limited varieties of foods (shrimp on the barbie anyone?) But one restaurant revolution later and Australia has well and…

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Solo: This Woman’s Drink

Now that summer has hit Australia, there’s nothing I enjoy more on a hot day than an icy lemonade. If you go to an Australian restaurant and order a lemonade or if an Aussie offers you a lemonade, chances are you’ll get a Sprite. Aussies call Coca-Cola Coke, Pepsi Pepsi, Fanta Fanta, and so forth, but they call Sprite lemonade, and if you refer to lemonade as a home-made drink made of lemon juice, water, and…

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Will the Australian Dollar Weaken in 2013?

Photo by James Elsby.

One of my common complaints about expat life in Australia, and you may hear this a lot from other Americans down under, is how expensive everything is.

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